The health department on Thursday said the number of dengue cases is expected to record a decrease by the end of this month. Chandigarh has been continuously witnessing increase in dengue cases for two months now. “The temperature will change from the next month. We are also expecting cases to decrease by this month-end,” anti-malaria officer Dr Gaurav Aggarwal told Chandigarh Newsline.
According to the health officials, five new cases of dengue were reported on Thursday, taking the total number of cases in the city to 680. On Wednesday, the health officials had said 15 cases were reported. Dr Gaurav said no death has been reported so far this year because of dengue. Last year, 1,254 dengue cases were reported while as in 2015, the number of cases reported was 966, the health officials said.
Not only dengue, there are cases of swine flu in the city as well. Six deaths have been reported in the city so far because of swine flu. The health department, however, said no fresh cases have been reported. “There is no fresh case of swine flu, chikungunya or malaria in the city,” said Dr Gaurav.
The health department is also creating awareness among people to prevent the further spread of dengue in the city. “Earlier, we used to see 20-30 cases each day. Now, the number has reduced. We expect it to go further down in the coming weeks,” said a health official.
The health department has already issued showcause notices to government institutions, including schools, after a team found mosqutiogenic conditions in their premises.
This year, the positive dengue cases also include doctors working at the two major hospitals — Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16 and Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research.